Thanks to MineCon Earth 2017, fans of Minecraft have been given a glimpse at what developer Mojang has in store for the hugely popular game. The event, which took place this weekend in the form of a 90-minute live stream presented by Will Arnett, showcased some of the big changes that are coming to the creativity-focused title.
This year's MineCon Earth had something a little different about it, as Minecraft fans were actually given some control over what new content was on the horizon. In the run-up to this year's MineCon Earth event, players were allowed to vote from a selection of new mobs that could be added to the game, with Mob B - a flying manta ray - winning the competition. The ray, which will be the first flying monster added to Minecraft, will spawn in groups at high altitudes, and will apparently be attracted to players who haven't slept in many days.
Perhaps the biggest news to come out of MineCon Earth this year was the announcement of a brand new update to the game. Mojang revealed that Minecraft is going to be on the receiving end of The Update Aquatic, which is going to deliver a huge revamp to the game's oceans. The title will be getting the likes of dolphins, coral, explorable shipwrecks, and more types of fish, while Minecraft will also get improved water physics. On top of this, the development team is adding a trident to the game as well: a close combat and ranged weapon that can also be enchanted.
At the moment, there's no definitive timeframe for when The Update Aquatic will arrive, but unfortunately Mojang did change the release date of a couple of other upcoming Minecraft elements. Fans had been looking forward to an updated Minecraft graphics pack called the Super Duper Graphics pack, but the developer announced during MineCon Earth that it will no longer be able to meet a 2017 launch date, with the content instead set to arrive next year.
This wasn't the only change to Minecraft that's been pushed back, either. The much-lauded cross-platform version of the game for Nintendo Switch is also not going to arrive until 2018. According to Mojang, it needs to make sure it delivers "the best experience possible" for players, so it's likely that this version just requires a little more time in development before it's ready to meet quality standards.
Although there were no new Minecraft bosses this time around, there were a couple of other smaller changes to help ease the pain of the two major delays. For starters, players have access to some free marketplace content to commemorate MineCon Earth, while Minecraft mini-game server The Hive was announced as a partner, bringing with it a new racing-based game Death Run. Hopefully, both of these will prove a solid distraction until the larger content is able to arrive.